Introduction to R

In this course, you will master the basics of R, a computer language and environment for statistics and graphics. The course focuses on getting familiar with the R environment by means of RStudio, to use R for manipulation and exploration of data. Basic programming as well as visualization in R are also part of this course.

Target group/prerequisites

This 2-day course is meant for people who have no experience with R and no specific knowledge is required.

Course design

The course consists of demonstrations and computer practicals.

Program topics

Day 1:

  • Introduction to R and RStudio;
  • Getting started;
  • Data types and structures: from vectors to data frames;
  • Reading and writing files;
  • Data manipulation in R.

Day 2:

  • Programming;
  • R coding style for concise, clear and consistent code which are easier to read and edit;
  • Standard programming constructs: loops, if-then-else statements, functions, ..., to write basic program scripts;
  • R base graphics for basic visualizations (bar plots, pie charts, scatter plots, ...).


    8 and 9 February 2021.

    Study load:

    The study load of this course is 0.7 ECTS credits.


    This course will be online.

    Registration & Costs:

    PhD candidates affiliated with VLAG/WUR * 175 €
    All other PhD candidates 400 €
    Postdoc / staff from VLAG 400 €
    Postdoc / staff not affiliated with VLAG 525 €
    Professionals / Non academics 800 €

    Costs includes material, tea/coffee and lunches.
    * VLAG/EPS/PE&RC/WASS/WIAS/WIMEK PhD candidates with an approved TSP.

    Register here

    Cancellation policy:

    You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee, unless you can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement.


    For more information please contact Suzanne van der Wielen